Milton closed on the last 14 acres of land adjacent to Bell Memorial Park on Monday night, fulfilling the promise outlined in the Parks Master Plan to expand the asset.
The city paid $1.287 million for the land, according to a news release from Milton Communications Manager Jason Wright. The 14 acres of land more than doubles the park's size.
How the land will be used will be determined through community involvement and a series of public meetings to ensure the park's design meets local expectations, the city's release said.
"Expansion of our existing parks and recreation resources is a priority for this council and city staff," said City Manager Chris Lagerbloom. "We plan to move forward immediately and bring our residents what they want."
Jim Cregge is Milton's interim parks and recreation director and a longtime volunteer at Bell Memorial's Hopewell Youth Association. He said he is thrilled to see the city bring an exciting new project to the residents of Milton.
"This expansion will mean more of everything people love about Bell Memorial - more field space, more programs, more learning opportunities, smiles and good times," said Cregge in the release. "It's an honor to be on board with Milton during this exciting time."
The money paid for the land was based on fair market value in an open environment that included public hearings on the purchases prices, said Lagerbloom. The purchases were funded through the city's parks land acquisition budget and approved by Milton's City Council in a unanimous vote.
For information on this project, email Cregge or call him at 678-242-2489.
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